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Flying by the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw #1) by Eliza Watson @rararesources

Flying by the Seat of My Knickers (The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw #1) by Eliza Watson

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Genre: Adult Women’s Fiction

Published February 2016

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Breaking the Rules (Cornish Village School #1) by Kitty Wilson

Breaking the Rules (The Cornish Village School #1)3.5 Stars –

Published June 11th 2018 by Canelo

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Girl Meets Class (Girl Meets Class #1) by Karin Gillespie

4 Stars

Published September 8th 2015 by Henery Press

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Home for Christmas by Holly Chamberlin, Karen White (Narrator)

Home for Christmas4 Stars

Published October 31st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation 

This is the seventh book in the Yorktide, Maine series but I loved this Christmas story as a stand alone. Holly Chamberlin has written a sweet, gentle Christmas story with a bit of romance and family dynamics. It is a reminder of what is really important in life, especially around the holidays.

Nell and her two daughters live in a small Maine seaside town. Nell is divorced and her husband has remarried. Nell is worried that this might be her last Christmas with her girls. Molly is a senior in college who has been seriously dating Mick with the expectation of marrying him. Felicity is a senior in high school and has just announced that she is spending next Christmas abroad with her father and his wife. When Molly announces that she is moving to Boston and breaks of her relationship with Mick, Nell doesn’t know what to do to help her. When Nell’s college boyfriend, Erik comes to town for a book tour, she is worried about what will happen when they meet up. She made a decision to break up with him after her parents convinced her he was not good enough for her. When they reconnect, she begins to wonder what her life would have been like if she had been stronger and made different decisions.

As with any family at Christmas, everyone is busy and it seems that Nell’s plans to make this the best Christmas her girls have ever has, is not working. Felicity seems to be star struck by her step-mother, not realizing how much she is hurting her mother. I wasn’t sure if I liked Felicity at first, she seemed self-centered and a bit selfish, but she comes around later in the story. Molly is running scared from the possible engagement and life on a farm. Of course, the best story line is the reconnecting of Nell and Erik. It seems natural and flows easily. The romance is sweet, slow and of course, successful. There is nothing sexual in this story, but the romance is evident. Of course there is a happy ending for all concerned, which is my expectation when reading these cozy Christmas Romances. I would definitely recommend this one to any who enjoy a sweet Christmas Romance. I listened to the audio book of this title and thoroughly enjoyed the narration by Karen White.

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Summer at Lavender Bay (Lavender Bay #2) by Sarah Bennett

Summer at Lavender Bay (Lavender Bay, Book 2)3.5 Stars

Published July 4th 2018 by HQ Digital

I was really looking forward to this second book in the series, but was not as excited as I had hoped. The beginning sets up the story so we know who the couple will be that the story revolves around. Eliza is married to Martin, her high school boyfriend. They are about to move to Abu Dhabi for his job when she realizes that he does not care what she thinks or wants. His job, his desires and his dreams are all that matters. When she asks him a question and his answer is not what she needs to hear, she tells him she isn’t happy and she’s not going with him. She leaves the airport and heads back to Lavender Bay. Once she is back home, she realizes that she has been very unhappy and wants to see what will make her happy. When she goes to the local lavender farm to see if she can buy lavender to start a soap making business, she meets the owner, Jack. He is not happy that this person is wandering around his working farm. He is rather rude to her, but both of them feel something. Jack has baggage and he is not sure he is ready for a relationship. Eliza has her own baggage and is in the same boat. Can they work through everything to be happy together. As the story progressed, I began to get invested. There are some blips along the way that they need to work through that gives the story some angst, but overall, this is a feel good, second chance romance.

This story is full of heartbreak, romance and finding what is best for you and doing what you are truly happy with. You want to laugh at times as well as reach out and shake someone. Along the way the characters from the first book are there and once again step up to help one another when in need. I enjoyed seeing how Sam and Eliza’s father has dealt with his illness and is trying to give his kids more autonomy at the bar. The trio of ladies (Eliza, Beth and Libby) are still there supporting, teasing and loving one another. I enjoyed my second trip to Lavender Bay and based on what happened in this book, I am ready for Libby’s story in the next outing at Lavender Bay. The publisher, HQ Digital, provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions stated are my own.

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Spring at Lavender Bay (Lavender Bay #1) by Sarah Bennett

Spring at Lavender Bay4 Stars

Published February 2nd 2018 by HQ Digital 

This is my first book by Sarah Bennett and it won’t be my last. I enjoy these fun, romantic stories on the coast in the UK. Beth returns to Lavender Cove for the funeral of Eleanor, the woman who raised her. When she finds out that Eleanor has left the Emporium to her, she needs to figure out what to do with it. She lives in London, not Lavender Bay. When she returns to London, she realizes that there is nothing there for her, she has broken up from her boyfriend and the promotion at work seems to be going to someone else. Time to go back home.

This story is filled with great characters, friendships and memories. Eliza, Libby and Beth (all named Elizabeth, so they had to take on nicknames) have been best friends all their lives. I love the relationship these ladies share. The others in Lavender Bay all love them as well and support whatever they are trying to do.When trouble brews, the people in the town are there to help. When romance is in the air, friends promote and encourage and when emotions boil over, friends are able to calm and support. A wonderful story filled with love, loyalty, friendship, a bit of angst and happy endings. I am definitely going to read the next one in this series. The publisher, HQ Digital, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The opinions shared are my own.

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The Summer Hideaway/One Summer: An uplifting feel good summer romance by Jenny Hale

    One Summer: An uplifting feel good summer romance

5 Stars

Published June 1st 2018 by Bookouture/Published May 29th 2018 by Bookouture

Oh Jenny Hale, you did it again. A lighthearted romance with wonderful characters, a great setting, some angst, a child and a dog. What more could I want sitting by the pool reading. A definite winner in my book.

Alice has inherited her Gramps’ fishing shack turned bike store on the outer banks. When her boyfriend of 3 years dumps her, she decides to move to Gramps’ place and start over with her five year old son and his dog. Her best friend Sasha, recently going through a divorce, decides to go with her. Once there they decide to turn the bike shop into an ice-cream store. As they deal with opening a new business, they have other things that come up that almost derail their plans.

A wonderful second chance story that will make you smile. I have a few more of her books that I have not yet read, but will definitely get out to read over the rest of the summer. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read.

As I was posting my review, I realized that there seem to be two different covers and two different titles for this book, one being published two days before the other. I am not sure if it is one in the US and one in the UK or not, but I put both titles and covers in this review.

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Her Baby, His Love (Charity, Montana #1) by Lynne Marshall

Her Baby, His Love (Charity, Montana #1) My Review: 3 Stars

I enjoyed this second chance romance story about Taylor and Joe. When Taylor finds out that her boyfriend just got married and that he used her, she does what she always does, she runs. This time she ends up in the small town of Charity, Montana. The townspeople are just like the town’s name, well, most of them are. When she finds out that she is pregnant shortly after arriving, she is not sure what to do. Joe is an ex-con. He owns the local nursery as well as being the town’s resident handyman and landscaper. There is something between them, but they are both wary of a relationship. When Taylor’s ex shows up and threatens to sue for custody of the baby, things change in the town for Taylor. This was a sweet story that I enjoyed. I might have given it four stars if the storyline of the custody battle had not come to a rather simple end. I liked both of the main characters as well as some of the secondary ones. The town has some quaint aspects to it, as well as the mean girl, but overall, it seems to be a sleepy little town, that is home to quite a few ex-convicts who have pretty much turned their lives around. I am looking forward to reading more in this series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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“M” Book: Magic Hour

Magic Hourby Kristin Hannah

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Ballantine Books
3 Stars

My Review: This was an earlier Kristin Hannah book that was on my bookshelf for awhile. I enjoyed the premise, but the writing was not up to what she has written recently. There were a lot of cliches about small towns, sisters not getting along growing up, the homecoming queen, etc. that were a bit oversimplified. The story about the young girl that shows up in small town Rain Valley, dubbed the wolf girl is the real story. She is about 5 or 6 years old, doesn’t talk, has a pet wolf and no one is able to find out who she is. Town sheriff, Ellie, contacts her sister, fallen child psychiatrist Julia, to come home and help with the girl. The story is about “Alice” coming out of her shell and developing a relationship with Julia and what will happen if her real parents ever show up. There are also some romantic story lines for both Ellie and Julia as well as healing. A nice story.

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